With $2.27 Million Already Raised, Race is on to Break Ground on New Adoption Center
BOSTON and Centerville, Mass. Oct. 28, 2015 – The MSPCA-Cape Cod’s goal of breaking ground on its new animal care and adoption center is within sight, as the organization announced today that the Campaign for Cape Cod has raised nearly half the money needed to build the larger, state-of-the-art structure.
“Cape animal lovers have really stepped up,” said Carter Luke, MSPCA-Angell president. “We’re at 45 percent of our goal to raise $5 million. So far 250 individual donors have contributed $2.27 million in our campaign to replace the old animal shelter. People are proud to put their names on this new building.”
The latest significant gift came from the Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Trust and will result in Ms. Stevens’ name inscribed on the adoption center’s new clinical suite.
“Our hope is to break ground next year but, to do that, we have to raise the rest of the money,” said MSPCA-Cape Cod Director Mary Sarah Fairweather, whose team continues to house and care for more than 1,000 animals every year in an aging shelter bursting at its seams.
Saving Animals, Encouraging Tomorrow’s Animal Champions
Once built, the new MSPCA-Cape Cod’s floor plan will occupy nearly 10,000 square feet of space designed to make lives for animals more comfortable—with dogs, cats, birds and other animals living in species-specific, stress-reducing arrangements flooded with natural light.
In addition to dedicated space for more effective medical and behavioral evaluations, including a modern treatment and spay and neuter center for homeless animals, plans call for a multi-purpose training and education room for greater collaboration with local schools and community groups to give children first-hand experience with animals and caregivers.
“We want to encourage and empower the next generation of caring people to continue the MSPCA’s tradition of improving animal care and welfare, and working for a just and compassionate society,” said Fairweather. “’Prevention’ is our middle name and education is our greatest tool.”
Fairweather stressed that only with the new and larger building can the organization roll out these essential programs that go above and beyond sheltering.
Continuing to Go the Extra Mile, Despite Current Shelter’s Limitations
The MSPCA-Cape Cod team is still doing all it can to house and feed the homeless animals it shelters every year. “We still need to be there for these animals, many of whom come to us sick or injured and require extensive medical care,” said Fairweather. “We are still doing everything we can for the animals despite the challenges of our existing space.”
The Campaign for Cape Cod Needs You!
Luke, a Sandwich resident, reinforced that building the new adoption center is only possible with broad-based, generous support from Cape animal lovers. “Every dollar we raise as part of the Campaign for Cape Cod will be earmarked toward building and maintaining our new facility,” he said. “I’m calling on my fellow Cape Cod residents to continue supporting our good work as we see this fundraising campaign through to its successful conclusion.”
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The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mspcaangell